For FY15 Budget AIA Urges Congress to Consider Security Threats

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the release of the President’s Budget Request for the Department of Defense.

Easing the Burden: Reducing the cost of national security space capabilities

Feb. 27, 2014

For more than five decades, our national security space assets have grown tremendously more capable and essential to our nation’s armed forces and national security decision makers. They are…

AIA Recommends Defense Industrial Base Strategy

Excerpt from Testimony provided today by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces on the state of the defense industrial base and challenges it faces.

AIA Welcomes Announcement of Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obama’s announcement of Two New Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

AIA Names Schmid Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy

Arlington, Va. — Elizabeth L. “Betsy” Schmid has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, bringing extensive legislative experience on budget policy from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

The Conflict Minerals Story

Feb. 10, 2014

One of the primary methods of supporting Conflict Minerals control is through responsible sourcing of the products that may contain conflict minerals. Responsible sourcing is an important…

A commercial solution for speeding up aircraft development

Author: Marion C. Blakey

We hear it often: It takes entirely too long to develop new military aircraft and other defense systems. We wistfully long for the bygone era when legendary outfits like Kelly Johnson’s Lockheed Skunk Works team actually went from proposal to production of a new aircraft concept, the XP-80 jet, in only 143 days.

AIA Holds “Faces of the Industrial Base” Event

Author: Trevor Waddell

On Tuesday, November 13, the Aerospace Industries Association held its third "Faces of the Industrial Base" outreach event on Capitol Hill.  The day featured meetings with Congressional staffers and members of Congress at which leading defense suppliers warned how budget austerity is adversely impacting their ability to participate in the supply chain and attract a new generation of skilled workers. The suppliers in attendance included GSE Dynamics, UEC Electronics, Harry Krantz Company, TW Metals, Pro-Fab Inc., Innoventor, Patriot Machine, Zero Point Frontiers Corporation, NATEL, Microsemi, and McCann Aerospace Machining Corp.

Blakey Testifies Before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Subcommittee

Author: Trevor Waddell

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey testified before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee November 13 regarding sequestration's long-term effects on the defense industrial base. Blakey emphasized that budget conversations have not adequately focused on the defense suppliers, companies that constitute the majority of the industrial base and have taken the brunt of sequestration budget cuts. Blakey also noted the negative impact sequestration has on defense modernization and R&D programs.   "The total reduction in modernization spending over the next five years could be as high as $147 billion,” she said.  “Ultimately, slashing procurement and R&D will threaten our industry's ability to deliver these capabilities in the future."

Viewpoint: Moving Beyond the Budget Deal

Author: Marion C. Blakey

Easing the sequestor’s near-term effects under the congressional budget deal reached in late December was welcome news for our industry providing a measure of relief for important federal national security, civil aviation and space functions.  But although we won’t be facing the full brunt of sequestration’s worst two years—or another government shutdown for the foreseeable future—defense spending will still be $30 billion below the President’s budget request for the year, and funding for FAA, NASA and NOAA will still be on the downward arc that began in 2010.   That said, the deal represents a  first step toward a long-term agreement that could eliminate sequestration altogether, reverse the current “investment deficit” in programs that make our nation strong and secure, and finally address the mandatory spending accounts that are the real drivers of our nation’s debt and deficit problems.